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New CDC report shows teens making better choices related to sex

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistic shows positive changes when it comes to national teen sexual activity and contraceptive use.

    More teen boys are reporting condom use during their first sexual experience. About 80% of boys report using a condom, up 9% from the last time the data was collected in 2002. Boys are also more likely to report using condoms in conjunction with their partners’ hormonal birth control methods.

    Teens are also less likely to have sex than they were 20 years ago. From 1988 to 2006, the number of teen girls who say they’ve had sex declined from 51% to 42%. For boys, the number declined from 60% to 42%. Teens who reported not having sex cited religion or morals as their primary consideration.

    This news comes on the heels of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data that gave South Carolina specific data about teen sexual behavior. The YRBS data shows that S.C. teens are still more likely to have sex than their national peers – about 57% of S.C. high school students report that they have had sex.

    In response to this report, SC Campaign CEO Forrest Alton released the following statement:

    ""Although we still have a long way to go in South Carolina, this new data shows that investing in research-based pregnancy prevention education and services is working – but is also a clear reminder that we need to continue investing in our young people so that they have the tools they need to stay healthy and prevent unintended pregnancy. Perhaps most importantly this report reminds us that we should not underestimate our nation’s young people and their ability to make responsible, healthy choices.”

    Teenagers in the United States: Sexual Activity, Contraceptive Use, and Childbearing, 2006–2010 National Survey of Family Growth “Credit Where Credit is Due” - RH Reality Check’s analysis of what the numbers mean